One good thing about Android One devices is that they get regular security updates on a monthly basis for three years. While Android One devices are also supposed to get timely updates, timely has become relative among various device vendors.
But for the most part, device owners are just fine as long as the updates arrive within the month, just like it is already happening with Xiaomi Mi A3, the latest from the company’s popular Mi A series.
The device is already receiving the latest July 2020 security patch. The update, according to those who have received it, weighs in at a massive 1.4GB and bumps the software version to 188.8.131.52.QFQMXTC (not QFQMIXM).
On top of bumping the security patch level to the latest July 2020, the update also tags along a bunch of unwanted bugs. For starters, multiple users say the update has pre-installed a couple of apps/services that are not even related to the Indian market – Mi Telcel & Claro Musica apps.
Even more interesting is that after the update, the Mi A3 reportedly displays a Telcel logo on the boot animation. Just so you know, Telcel is a Mexican company that has nothing to do with Xiaomi or Android One for that matter. What’s even worse is that you cannot uninstall these apps.
Xiaomi Mi A3 received a new update size 1.40 gb after update I’m seeing 3 new apps installed in my phone 1st claro musica 2nd Mi tecel 3rd tecel and its Chinese app doesn’t uninstall so disable the all three apps due to data access.
@MiIndiaSupport I have update my MI A3 with recent system update.
1. Why there is Telcel Apps installed by default? It’s not even a relevant telecom company for India.
2. What is MMIGroup, which has by default access to all the app permissions
Check out the Telcel logo on the boot animation after the latest Mi A3 update in the video below:
@MiIndiaSupport help! This is really serious. Can't make or receive calls. @manukumarjain @s_anuj @geekyranjit @beebomco please see the above tweet! They gave some other regions update to #mia3 pic.twitter.com/YZkuPSJz7L
— Dakshit Shah (@DakshitShah) July 13, 2020
Furthermore, some Mi A3 owners have reported issues with the second SIM card after the July update, something that Xiaomi has quickly acknowledged via an official post made in the Mi forum.
There was a serious bug in the latest update, if you are on this build, you have only one working SIM (it does not recognise the other one whatsoever). We will try to see if there is a fix, BUT… once again… DO NOT UPDATE (if you have not already)!
According to Xiaomi, the company is looking into the SIM card issue after the Mi A3 July update with the aim of providing a bug-fixing update soon. As for when exactly, no one knows. For those who had already grabbed this update, you may have to live with the bugs until a fix arrives.
We will keep an eye on the developments and let you know when the bug-fixing update begins rolling out. But once again, do not download and install the latest July update on your Mi A3 handset.
Thanks for the tip Sreyance Modi, Rajat Nagi, and Dakshit Shah!
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